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Wild West at the Kellar Ranch

Fundraiser: Foundation for Children’s Dental Health hosts rootin’ tootin’ event

Posted: October 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Noah Heter was the Scotch expert at the popular whiskey-tasting bar offered at the event.

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The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Dinner Fundraiser, held Saturday at the Canyon Country home of Kathy and Bob Kellar offered guests music, food and casino games.

The Sierra Highway Band headlined the event entertaining guests with its blend of acoustic, contemporary, original and traditional music of bluegrass, folk, old time and country.

The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide dental care to the underserved and unserved school children in the Santa Clarita Valley, who would not otherwise have these services available.

“We take kids who do not have the opportunity to have dental treatment and we provide that for them.

“What we really do is give them back their smile,” said Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp. Pulskamp is a member of the foundation’s board of directors. “It’s transformative. It helps them with both their physical health, as well as their emotional health.”

Pulskamp helped found the organization nearly 15 years ago, after a stint playing Santa Claus for children.

“There were so many children who had rotten teeth,” he said.

Vice President Brendie Heter said the organization sees “about 10,000 children” a year in the SCV.

The group provides dental education to all elementary school students in the SCV as well as screenings  and  emergency dental care.

“Any child that has a toothache, the school nurses call us, and we make sure they get what they need,” Heter said.

Board president Glenn Adamick has been involved with the foundation for nearly seven years.

“It’s great to be able to help young children who don’t have the opportunity, or who can’t afford to go to the dentist,” he said.

The current foundation board includes: Adamick, Pulskamp, Brendie Heter, Gail Winter, Dr. Christopher Go, Jim Backer, Chris Fall, Kathy Kellar, Chris Angelo, Adele Macpherson, Lois Bauccio, Theresa Nitescu and Dr. Amy Monti. Ericka Watson serves as the foundation’s executive director.

Special guest Gary Hoffmann, KFI AM 640 news anchorman served as emcee for the evening.

“Gary Hoffmann has a large fan base out in the SCV,” Heter said.

The annual event is a tradition at the Kellar home.

“Kathy and I are so pleased to be able to open our home to help raise money for this great group that helps so many children,” said Bob Kellar.

The event attracted more than 100 guests to the oak shaded grounds of the Kellar Ranch.

Guests were able to play casino games after the dinner. The black jack, poker and craps tables attracted large, enthusiastic crowds.

Prizes for those who earned the most chips at the end of the evening included gift cards to Macaroni Grill and a “Make you pretty” gift basket.

Among the most popular attractions during the event was the scotch whiskey bar manned by Brendie Heter’s husband Noah Heter throughout the evening.

“We have all the regions of Scotland represented, as well as an Irish whiskey, here, so people can tell the difference,” said Brendie Heter. “We did this last year, and it was such a hit, we had to bring it back.”

The Princess Cruises Community Foundation donated a cruise to be raffled.

The winning ticket was held by Paul and Pam Thomas  for the seven-day cruise for two to the Mexican Rivera or the Caribbean.

“This event exceeded our expectations tonight,” said Watson. “With the current economy we are so excited that we’ve had so much support from our sponsors and we had a great turnout.”


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